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NMSU salary boost could cost $12.2 million

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Faculty members at New Mexico State University say it would take an estimated $12.2 million to boost salaries to average levels at peer institutions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/11t81x9) that leaders of the Faculty Senate see the dollar figure as a rough estimate but a starting point for efforts [&hellip...

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NMSU shares $2.4M grant to help market pecans

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at New Mexico State University are sharing in a $2.4 million grant that will be used to market the benefits of pecans. The researchers are working with colleagues at the University of Georgia and Texas A&M. Their...

Rare alligator moves into Albuquerque zoo exhibit

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A rare Chinese alligator is starting to make itself at home at the Albuquerque BioPark. Zoo officials announced Friday that the male alligator was recently moved into the zoo’s reptile house after spending about a month in...

NM woman sentenced to 18 years in deadly crash

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis woman convicted of charges related to a deadly crash that killed one man and injured four other people has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. District Attorney Matthew Chandler says Guadalupe Flores was sentenced Friday. She...

Feds offer $55,000 reward in NM shooting case

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say they’re now offering a $55,000 reward for an arrest and conviction related to the 2007 shooting of a park ranger at a northern New Mexico lake. The FBI and officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Manhattan Project ‘Voices’ retelling story of bomb

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From living in a top-secret city on a mesa in northern New Mexico to smuggling a suitcase packed with alcohol into a dry federal research lab in Tennessee, some of the lesser-known stories behind the nation’s effort to develop...

Suspect in Clovis boy’s death beaten in jail

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former international fugitive charged with the death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy was assaulted within hours of arriving at the Curry County jail by child’s uncle. Undersheriff Wesley Waller tells the Clovis News...

Police identify man killed in Roswell shooting

December 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell have identified a 22-year-old man killed in a hail of gunfire but declined to say if they had a suspect in custody. Arthur Contreras was found dead outside a home after gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m. Wednesday....

Judge allows NM teen to be tried in father’s death

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has cleared the way for an Albuquerque teenager accused of killing his father during a 2010 hunting trip to be tried. Judge J.C. Robinson determined during a preliminary hearing earlier this week that there...

Ex-controller of NMFA pleads guilty to fake audit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former controller of a New Mexico financing agency couldn’t fully explain his actions even as he stood in front of a judge Thursday to plead guilty to forgery and securities fraud for faking a financial audit that went to...